5.0 out of 5 starsVibrant performances of notable spontaneity
By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 3, 2012
This recording, made in 1987, is part of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas performed by Kremer and Argerich. Both of these performers are noted for their spontaneity in performance as well as being stylistically aware and that is what they provide here in these performances. Both Argerich and Kremer are regular musical partners so these performances reflect that natural togetherness of a performing duo.
These two very lively and vibrant performances of sonatas 4 and 5 make an interesting comparison with the Ashkenazy and Perlman set of about the same vintage. That alternative set of readings is far more weighty than this set and the overall impression is one of physical strength and power whereas the Argerich and Kremer performances are more about quicksilver flashes of light and shade with the performances being very light-footed so to speak.
Both sets are impressive in their very different ways and are a very good example of the desirability of owning more than one performance of key works such as these. In both cases the respective recordings are appropriate to the style of the performance and there is nothing to choose in terms of recorded quality.
So here we have two contrasting sets either of which would be fine as an 'only' set or ideal as an alternative set. Purchasers interested in this disc have every reason to feel that this would be a safe purchase. I would suggest the the boxed set may be an even better purchase..
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